Arthur Lee Reeves

b. December 25th, 1943 in Medon (Tennessee)

WHERE SOUTHERN SOUL BEGAN vol.1&2

History of Soul

FROM NEW ORLEANS TO CHICAGO VIA MEMPHIS

The Blue Label

1962

Il chante d'abord à l'église puis apprend la guitare à l'adolescence avec sa mère. Ensuite, Arthur monte une formation de Gospel - The Gospel Travelers - qui connait un succès régional puis tourne avec le chanteur Gene Allison. Entre 1959 et 1964, il devient un musicien renommé sur la scène de Dallas. Au début des années 60, il propose ses premiers titres en studio pour les labels Jamie (avec le producteur Al Klein), Duchess ("I'll be your friends") et surtout Valdot (dirigé par Ted Jarrett). Pour ce dernier label, Arthur grave "Tend to your business" et le magnifique "The same thing" dans lequel on remarque déjà sa superbe guitare.

He first sings in church and then learns guitar as a teenager with his mother. Then Arthur forms a Gospel group - The Gospel Travelers - which is a regional hit then tours with singer Gene Allison. Between 1959 and 1964, he became a renowned musician on the Dallas scene. In the early 60's, he released his first studio tracks for Jamie (with producer Al Klein), Duchess ("I'll be your friends") and especially Valdot (directed by Ted Jarrett) labels. For this last one, Arthur cuts "Tend to your business" and the magnificent "The same thing" in which we already notice his superb guitar.

THE COMPLETE MODERN & KENT RECORDINGS

Ace

1967 - 1968

En 1964, Arthur Adams s'installe à Los Angeles et collabore notamment avec les frères Bihari sur les labels Kent et Modern. Il y délivre une production entre Blues et Soul où brillent souvent sa guitare incisive et sa voix puissante. Plusieurs morceaux remarquables voient le jour comme "She drives me out of my mind" (issu du téléfilm "The outsider"), "I need you", "I'm lonely for you", "Let your hair down", "Gimme some of your lovin'", "Is that you". En parrallèle de son travail en leader, Arthur s'impose également comme un musicien de studio très demandé.

In 1964, Arthur Adams moved to Los Angeles and collaborated with the Bihari brothers on Kent and Modern labels. He delivers a production between Blues and Soul where his incisive guitar and his powerful voice are often shining. Several remarkable pieces come out as "She drives me out of my mind" (from the TV movie "The Outsider"), "I need you", "I'm lonely for you", "Let your hair down", "Gimme some of your lovin'", "Is that you". In parallel of his work as a leader, Arthur is also a sought-after studio musician.

THE COMPLETE MOTOWN RECORDINGS vol.9, 10 & 11A

Hip-O

1969 - 1971

Arthur enregistre plusieurs titres pour le label Chisa (dirigé par Hugh Masekela et appartenant à Motown). Son style s'oriente vers une Soul cuivrée avec les excellents "It's private tonight", "Let's make some love", "Mornin' train", "Can't wait to see you".

Arthur records several titles for the Chisa label (led by Hugh Masekela and owned by Motown). His style is oriented towards brassy Soul with the excellent "It's private tonight", "Let's make some love", "Mornin' train", "Can't wait to see you".

IT'S PRIVATE TONIGHT

Blue Thumb

July - August 1972

Ce premier LP, co-produit par Tommy Lipuma et Arthur Adams, parait sur le label Blue Thumb de Bob Krasnow. Derrière Arthur, on trouve un superbe groupe composé de Phil Upchurch, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Paul Humphrey mais aussi ensemble de cordes et de cuivres bien arrangés par Dave Blumberg. Musicien et compositeur doué, Arthur Adams donne une coloration Soul et même Funk (l'instrumental "Get on the ground") à sa musique. Plusieurs titres remarquables méritent une écoute attentive : "I'm going home", "You hit the nail on the head", "Go on and do that", "I can't believe my eyes", "It's private tonight".

This first LP, co-produced by Tommy Lipuma and Arthur Adams, is issued on Bob Krasnow's Blue Thumb label. Behind Arthur, we find a superb group composed of Phil Upchurch, Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, Paul Humphrey but also strings and horns ensemble arranged by Dave Blumberg. Gifted musician and composer, Arthur Adams gives a Soul and even Funk coloration (the instrumental "Get on the ground") to his music. Several remarkable titles deserve a careful listening : "I'm going home", "You hit the nail on the head", "Go on and do that", "I can't believe my eyes", "It's private tonight".

HOME BREW

Fantasy

January - April 1975

Même orientation Soul-Funk avec musiciens chevronnés (Joe Sample, Styx Hooper, Oscar Brashear, George Bohanon, Ronnie Laws) et production à la hauteur de Wayne Henderson. Il fait la part belle aux cuivres (toujours placés en avant) parfois au détriment de la guitare d'Arthur Adams (toujours compositeur de la plupart des pistes). "Home brew", "The blues", "That's the way you move", "Keep on dancing", "Chicago sidewalk" figurent parmi les meilleurs moments de ce disque.

Same Soul-Funk direction with experienced musicians (Joe Sample, Styx Hooper, Oscar Brashear, George Bohanon, Ronnie Laws) and nice production of Wayne Henderson. He gives place to horns section (always placed in front) sometimes to the detriment of the guitar of Arthur Adams (always composer of most tracks). "Home brew", "The blues", "That's the way you move", "Keep on dancing", "Chicago sidewalk" are among the highlights of this album.

MIDNIGHT SERENADE

Fantasy

Early 1977

Toujours avec le producteur Wayne Henderson dans une veine Soul-Funk avec des intonations Disco (cuivres, synthétiseur, choristes). Les arrangements sont assez lourds. "When I'm away from you", "I'm in like with you" dans lesquels on entend un peu la guitare d'Arthur me semble être les meilleurs pistes.

Always with producer Wayne Henderson in a Soul-Funk vein with Disco intonations (horns, synthesizer, backing vocals). The arrangements are quite heavy. "When I'm away from you", "I'm in like with you" in which we hear a little Arthur's guitar seems to me to be the best tracks.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE MY LADY

A&M

1979

Ici les titres sont noyés sous une profusion d'arrangements lourds produits par Stewart Levine et Rik Pekkonen. On peut éventuellement retenir "Put your hand in mine". Un disque bien loin de ses meilleurs réussites Soul et Blues.

Here all titles are drowned under a profusion of heavy arrangements produced by Stewart Levine and Rik Pekkonen. We can possibly retain "Put your hand in mine". A record well far from his best Soul and Blues achievements.

BACK ON TRACK

Blind Pig

1999

Après une longue absence, il revient au Blues dans le courant des années 80-90 se focalisant sur le travail de sideman. Arthur participe notamment à un disque de B.B. King ("There's always one more time") et devient le chef d'orchestre du groupe du B.B. King's Blues Club de Los Angeles. Cet album symbolise le retour d'Arthur Adams sur le devant de la scène. Il produit l'album lui-même et s'offre deux sympathiques duos avec B.B. King ("Get you next to me", "The long haul"). Toujours excellent chanteur et guitariste au jeu tranchant influencé par B.B. King, Arthur propose d'excellents moments tels que "Why does she think she is", "You really got it going on", "Honda Betty". Un disque Soul-Blues bien produit au son dense.

After a long absence, he returned to Blues during the 80's-90's focusing on his sideman activity. Arthur participates to a B.B. King record ("There's always one more time") and becomes the bandleader of B.B. King's Blues Club houseband in Los Angeles. This album symbolizes the return of Arthur Adams to the front of the stage. He produced the album himself and offered two nice duets with B.B. King ("Get you next to me", "The long haul"). Always excellent singer and guitarist with sharp playing influenced by B.B. King, Arthur offers excellent moments such as "Why does she think she is", "You really got it going on", "Honda Betty". A Soul-Blues record well produced with dense sound.

SOUL OF THE BLUES

PM

2004

STOMP THE FLOOR

Delta Groove

2009

Arthur Adams a co-produit l'album avec Lou Castro et composé la totalité des morceaux de cet album paru chez Delta Groove. Il donne une place de choix aux belles ballades Soul comme "Nature of the beast", "Thrive on your vibe" et "You are invited". On peut retenir également "You can't win for losing" et "Don't let the door hit you".

Arthur Adams is co-producer with Lou Castro and composed all the tracks of this album released by Delta Groove. He gives a place of choice to the beautiful soul ballads like "Nature of the beast", "Thrive on your vibe" and "You are invited". We can also remember "You can't win for losing" and "Don't let the door hit you".

LOOK WHAT THE BLUES HAS DONE FOR ME

Cleopatra

2017

Sur ce double CD, il y a le premier disque contenant un nouvel album original tandis que le second est une compilation de ses meilleurs titres. Toujours au meilleur de sa forme, Arthur se montre impérial à la guitare et au chant : "You pullin' my leg", "Look what the blues has done for me", "Lowdown and dirty", "Elevator ride", "If you let me love you".

On this double CD, there is the first disc containing a new original album while the second is a compilation of his best titles. Always in his best form, Arthur is imperial on guitar and vocals : "You pullin' my leg", "Look what the blues has done for me", "Lowdown and dirty", "Elevator ride", "If you let me love you ".